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Join Technology Services for the annual VCU Tech Fair at Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin St. The fair will feature lots of cool stuff and lots of cool tech. The free event is for all students, faculty and staff. Staff will be present to answer questions, showcase technologies and share how each department supports the VCU community. Enjoy hands-on demonstrations from vendors, free bag lunches and free giveaways. For more information, contact Technology Services at or visit

Stop by the Richmond Public Library table in the lobby of James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., to sign up for a library card and learn more about public library services. When signing up for a card, bring a state or federal issued ID and a document with your current address. With your card you can access our physical and digital public library collections including books, audiobooks, movies, music, newspapers and magazines. For more information, contact Ryan Pander at or visit

Take a break and have some fun with Spooky SHIFT's Game Day. Spooky SHIFT is a week of Halloween-themed fun and treats at SHIFT Retail Lab, 1235 w. Broad St. Costume photo opportunities will be available all week long. See additional activities at the following URL. For more information, contact Caslin Applewhite at or visit

VCU's Robertson School will host two virtual informative sessions for prospective students to learn more about the graduate programs on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 12-12:30 p.m. and 5-5:30 p.m. Questions: Join a session at the following URL. For more information, contact Alexandra Chapman at or visit

Join VCU Toastmasters' Fall Open House to learn how the organization can help improve public speaking and build leadership skills. Meet with the group in person (College of Engineering West Hall, Room 106, 601 W. Main St.) or virtually ( For more information, contact Charleyne Kelley at or (804) 828-2093 or visit

Join VCU Education Abroad in the OMSA Office (Suite 215, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.) for a conversation with Study Abroad participants about their experiences living, studying and traveling abroad as an LGBTQIA+ student. The meeting will begin with a facilitated discussion with returning panelists, and the remainder of the event will be social. ALL students are welcome. The event is in celebration of LGBTQIA+ History month. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Alex Levy at or (804) 828-5794 or visit

This week

Join a special virtual Halloween-themed jam session hosted by VCU Libraries, where the facilitator will compose a song from samples generated using MusicLM, Google’s AI music generator. Participants will learn the tricks and limits of music generators and how these samples can be assembled into a track using Ableton Live. Registration is required. Register at For more information, contact Ryan Pander at or visit

The VCU Writing Center Book Club will meet in Room 205, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. The club offers a safe and stress-free space to meet other students who love reading and talking about books. The group will be discussing "Eight Perfect Murders" by Peter Swanson, as well as all things books and reading. For more information, contact Trey Burnart Hall at or visit

The Counselor Education Program at VCU is seeking applicants for the Fall 2024 doctoral cohort. At VCU, the School of Education believes different perspectives and expertise enhance possibilities and solutions. Meet faculty and students. Email the following address to register for the virtual session. For more information, contact Jenna Lenhardt at

Calling all witches, ghouls and pumpkin lovers. The SHIFT Retail Lab is summoning the spirits and brewing up a wickedly delightful vendor market. It's time to mark your calendars and gather your fellow thrill-seekers for a Halloween shopping experience at our upcoming Feedback Friday at 1235 W. Broad St. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Caslin Applewhite at or visit

VCUarts Dance and Choreography will host Fall Salon 2023: an evening of student-choreographed works and a Q&A with the choreographers. This year’s theme is monochrome. Come in your best monochromatic outfit and support student work. Fall Salon, a free event, will be in the Dance Center, 10 N. Brunswick St., in room 203. For more information, contact Yterniti Williams at

Coming up

VCU's School of Education will host a virtual session about Past Language - Leadership Studies Concentration. Email the following address for information. For more information, contact Jenna Lenhardt at

VCU's Division of Community Engagement will host an annual gathering of community members, community organizations, VCU faculty, staff, students, alums and other stakeholders for a day of learning, networking and skill development. The event will be held in the Richmond Salons, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Shari Garmise at or visit

Gain an understanding of how to intentionally design culture that attracts, motivates and retains team members as work settings continue to shift. The $225 cost includes all materials, parking, lunch and access to online learning software. The session, sponsored by VCU's Center for Corporate Education, will be held in Snead Hall, School of Business, 301 W. Main St. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Katie Fauth at or visit

The annual university-wide holiday open house will be hosted by President Michael and Mrs. Monica Rao as an opportunity for the university community to come together and celebrate the holidays prior to winter closing. It is an informal gathering, with food and drink provided in the Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. VCU parking subscribers may receive reciprocal parking for this event. Street parking is available for non-\subscribers. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact University Events at or visit


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

VCU Medical Center School of Pharmacy along with VCU Police will hold a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kroger, 901 N. Lombardy St. The goal of the event is to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. For more information, contact Ashley M. Graves at or (804) 397-8013.

Flu Immunization Clinics for VCU Faculty and Staff

As a convenience to university faculty and staff working on campus, VCU Human Resources has arranged for Walgreens, a participating pharmacy with the COVA health plans, to conduct four flu immunization clinics during September and October on both campuses. Appointments are preferred, however, walk-ins will be accepted. Visit the following URL for dates, times, locations and to make an appointment. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or visit

CVS Program Provides Health Care Shadowing Opportunity

The Compromiso, Valores, Servicio (CVS) Program is a pathway program in the spring and early summer offered to Spanish-speaking bilingual students ages 18 and up who are interested in serving as members of a health care team. The program gives students mentorship and experience serving as medical interpreters while exploring a career in pharmacy. Each participant will receive $500 per semester to cover any program costs. Deadline to apply for Spring 2024 is Nov. 1, 2023. For more information, contact Madeleine Wagner at or visit

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign

Celebrating 26 Years of Giving and Volunteerism, CVC is the only annual workplace giving program for the Commonwealth’s workforce and provides employees with a selection of approximately 700-plus screened charities you can support. All monetary donations donated through the CVC are 100 percent tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. You can give by credit card or payroll deduction. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

2023 Winter Wishes Campaign for the OB MOTIVATE Clinic at VCU Health

Celebrate the mothers of the OB MOTIVATE Clinic at VCU Health by donating to the Winter Wishes fund, which was created to provide patients with something special for themselves and their babies during the holidays as they continue their recovery journey. Visit the following URL to donate. For more information, contact OB MOTIVATE Clinic at or (804) 314-5651 or visit

Registration Open for Fall Cultural Achievement Ceremony

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs announces that registration is live for the Fall Cultural Achievement Ceremony. Graduates interested in participating in the combined Lavender Graduation; Donning of the Kente; Latine Achievement Ceremony; Native, Tribal and Indigenous Graduation Ceremony; Accessibility Achievement Ceremony and Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American Graduation Ceremony must register at the following URL by Monday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact David Brown at or visit

Recruiting Research Teams

Funded by the Sloan Research Foundation, Deborah DiazGranados, Ph.D., is conducting a study on how distributed research teams develop and maintain their connections during and between virtual meetings. Research teams can have a variety of purposes including but not limited to basic research, applied research and development, grant writing, policy creation, data collection and analysis, and manuscript preparation. Participation will include surveys and meeting observations. Those interested should fill out the form at the following URL. For more information, contact Deborah DiazGranados at or (281) 216-8484 or visit

VCU Votes - Plan to Vote, Win a Gift Card

To help reduce voting procrastination among students, VCU Votes has generated a survey that enables students to make a plan and a pledge to vote. Fill out the survey at the following URL and enter for the chance to win one of four $25 Target gift cards. For more information, contact Lilly Lutton at or visit

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